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Mike Tate is Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin

While grassroots volunteers from counties all across Wisconsin were standing out the in cold collecting more than 1.9 million signatures to save Wisconsin from Scott Walker, Rebecca Kleefisch and his cronies in the state Legislature, Scott Walker was secretly flying all over the country on a corporate cash bonanza to put Wisconsin up for sale to the highest bidder.

The total haul for Scott Walker? More than $4.5 million in just five weeks, with 61% of that total coming from out of state.

Our research shows that citizens of Wisconsin can have no confidence that Scott Walker is working for them and their interests and every suspicion that he is advancing an extremist agenda run by corporate puppetmasters from places like New York, Texas and Missouri.

Since Scott Walker launched his assault on Wisconsin workers to give massive handouts to out-of-state corporations, he has raised an astounding $5,749,926.26 from out-of-state donors.

His out-of-state special interest cash bonanza includes $490,000 in donations from right-wing Texas billionaire Bob Perry, which we believe is his largest donation to a single candidate, eclipsing his previous record-setting donations of $350,000 to Susana Martinez for New Mexico Governor in 2010 and $400,000 to Rick Perry for Texas Governor in 2006.

Bob Perry is a good ol' boy of George W. Bush and Karl Rove who ponied up more than $4.45 million to launch false attacks trashing Senator John Kerry's heroic Vietnam War record in 2004. In total, Bob Perry has donated at least $19 million since 2004 to prop up extreme Republican candidates and launch nasty, and in some cases, illegal smear campaigns against Democrats.

But Scott Walker's extreme super-rich donors don't stop with Bob Perry.

His campaign finance reports also includes the following:

  • C. Boyden Grey, co-chair of Freedomworks, a D.C. powerbroker who is tied at the hip to Dick Armey and the corporate Tea Party extremist movement.
  • Bruce Kovner, the billionaire manager of the world's largest hedge fund, who finances and chairs the American Enterprise Institute. That's the right-wing think tank that produced the likes of Dick Cheney and which hosted Walker just weeks ago.
  • A troika of super-rich donors from Missouri whose donations total $750,000: 
    • David Humphreys, founder of Black America PAC (whose former spokesman was Herman Cain), which advocates for school choice, 'enterprise zones', and race baiting on abortion.
    • Sarah Humphreys Atkins, David's wife and co-founder of the right-wing "Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation" with David Koch. She is also on the board of the Future of Freedom Foundation, which advocates for ending Social Security, Medicare, public schools, and income tax, calling them "waged immoral and destructive wars on our freedom, our property, and our well-being."
    • Stanley Herzog, chairman and CEO of Missouri-based Herzog who gave more than $100,000 to a single state Senate candidate in the past.

  • Rex Sinquefield, A rabid school choice advocate, who has started over 100 PACs in Missouri to avoid contribution limits and push his personal agenda. In Missouri, he has been a proponent of an 'Everything Tax', a regressive sales tax to replace the state income tax and place more of the tax burden on working, middle-class families. 
  • John Bryan, a supporter of right-wing extremist Sharron Angle and head of Club for Growth in Oregon who gave a speech at the Koch brothers' annual retreat according to the Center for American Progress. But Bryan is no stranger to Wisconsin politics - he was a $10,000 donor to ethically-challenged Supreme Court Justice Gableman's 2008 campaign.

Scott Walker enjoys a huge financial advantage not because of any record of success-in fact, we've just learned that Wisconsin is alone in the nation in losing jobs six months in a row.

Scott Walker is raking in the cash from Swift boat cowards and Texas oil billionaires and New York hedge fund managers because he is willing to use Wisconsin as a petri dish for his right-wing extremist experiments.

Scott Walker's finance report is a document unlike any seen in Wisconsin history and it shows how he is willing to use the power of a wealthy, elite few in a desperate attempt to hold onto power by trying to silence the collective voice of the more than a million Wisconsinites who want their state back.

But money does not vote at the end of the day. A million strong, we were able to prove that and we will prove it again when, in the face of Scott Walker's filthy millions, we replace him as governor.

I look forward to your questions and I will answer them shortly after the President's State of the Union Address this evening

Originally posted to Mike Tate, WisDems on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 04:22 PM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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  •  You assume that he'll use that money... (1+ / 0-)
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    One bite at a time

    To campaign.

    I'm betting that he will vastly overstate the cost of his advertising and use the rest to bribe judges.

    Is that CT?  Or just really, really expecting NOTHING from this man but hypocrisy and stupidity?


    One of these days, I'm gonna learn that I'm only really good at convincing people when I'm being a wiseass.

    by detroitmechworks on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 04:31:08 PM PST

  •  Just got my thanks in the mail today for (4+ / 0-)

    donating to your WI cause and this will make me donate more now.

    Thanks for the update!

    While CA can be really screwed up from time to time, we aren't facing anything the likes of what you folks are facing.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 05:09:22 PM PST

  •  WI Is The Firewall of Representative Democracy (5+ / 0-)

    Thank you, dear Badgers, for standing up and shouting out.  I fear that if WI can't hold the line, these fuckers are going to be encouraged and find more Walkers, Snyders, Kasichs, Scotts to govern (loot) other states.  

    Walker's contributors need to be exposed.  Named and Shamed.  Everywhere.

    And, Mike, I don't know if you want to add a donate button to your informative and compelling diary.  There are many of us who have been so moved (outraged) by your diary that we need to contribute to WI efforts with $$ support.

  •  I just read that here in Arizona (2+ / 0-)
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    Giles Goat Boy, 3goldens

    Michael Bidwill, president of the NFL Arizona Cardinals, donated $25,000 to Walker. I guess he needs to fill a lot of sky boxes. So much for standing up for the middle class in AZ, unlike the Phoenix Suns, who wore "Los Suns" jerseys during the SB 1070 protests. The Bidwills suck as corporate citizens. I remember when the Cardinals moved here from St Louis a friend there called me and said, "Thank you, thank you!"

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 05:27:07 PM PST

    •  Is that the baseball team? (0+ / 0-)

      It really bugs me that wealthy out of state people are having so much say in our state politics. They don't pay taxes here, don't live here and don't send their kids to our schools. This guy doesn't even root for our teams!

  •  Republished to Badger State Progressive. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Giles Goat Boy

    "Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world." — Howard Zinn

    by blueyedace2 on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 05:34:34 PM PST

  •  Hi Mike. (4+ / 0-)

    A little off topic, but I heard you say on Sly this morning that there will be a Democratic primary for governor in the recall election. You put no qualifiers on it, so did you mean to say  that there will definitively be a primary? If I write a blog post that says "Mike Tate Guarantees There Will Be a Democratic Primary", would that be accurate?

    If so, can you tell us who will be in it? (OK, maybe that's asking too much, but I can ask, right?)


    "They are an entire cruise ship of evil clowns, these current Republicans"...concernedamerican

    by Giles Goat Boy on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 05:36:44 PM PST

    •  Well... (0+ / 0-)

      Seeing as how Cullen and Falk have both announced that they are running, I don't think this is exactly insider info.

    •  Cullen and Falk are both running (2+ / 0-)
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      And remember that during the senate recalls, the Republicans ran fake candidates to force primaries as a delay tactic.

      Senator Cullen and Kathleen Falk are both strong Democrats who would each better represent the people of Wisconsin than Scott Walker.

      There may be others, but if they choose to run, you'll hear it first from them, not me!

      •  OK, thanks Mike. (1+ / 0-)
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        I guess that was my question, will we have a real Democratic primary or will the party insiders choose one candidate. Sounds like we'll have a real primary with at least two genuine Democrats, which I think is good news.

        There are a lot of Wisconsinites heavily involved for the first time in state politics and I think they will be very disillusioned if they think they were not allowed to pick Walker's challenger.

        Are you pressuring anybody not to run? (Yes, I'm being an asshole about this, but this is a real concern among people I talk to who worked on the recall. There is a  fear that a back room deal is going to be made.)

        "They are an entire cruise ship of evil clowns, these current Republicans"...concernedamerican

        by Giles Goat Boy on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 08:45:20 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  It's in the hands of the voters. (2+ / 0-)
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    3goldens, peptabysmal

    He can spend what he likes but sides have been chosen and people are strident.
    That said, we may win over a few as the months pass leading up to the election. He, though, will not. Let's see what he does, and who gets arrested for which crimes this week for starters.

    Wisconsin, reclaiming its State motto: Forward!

    by One bite at a time on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 05:37:57 PM PST

  •  Thanks, Mike... put a donate button on all of (3+ / 0-)
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    rosarugosa, Giles Goat Boy, Sue B

    your diaries, and keep putting info out into the kos-sphere.

    How about Obama's shout-out to Masterlock Milwaukee? Full union shop, 100% employment... first I've heard of that!

  •  I just want to say that I think you are doing a (0+ / 0-)

    very good job during this hectic year. Nice organization and I like the open style you have shown by posting here and by emailing volunteers and so forth.

  •  Mike, with all the money raise by Walker and (2+ / 0-)
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    peptabysmal, rosarugosa

    Knowing that Wisconsin is the front line for this years elections, at what point will the National Democratic Party step in with some serious cash?  When will we see the national Democratic Party take on Walker with us?  Or, do we have to do it alone....

    I have a feeling that if Walker is recalled it will send a huge message to the rest of the country and perhaps solidify the party around Obama for the november election.

    If however Walker is not defeated then the GOP stands a very good chance to not only taking Wisconsin in the POTUS race in Nov. but that republicans will have a huge chance at winning the Oval Office.

    We are the firewall.   The nation needs us to recall Walker. The GOP seems to understand this already, and so does Walker, or he would not be getting money from all over.

    Wisconsin must be a priority to the Dems on a national level too, right?

    •  does it help your cause to be local? (0+ / 0-)

      I just wonder if national input would be a problem, or could be sold by Walker and his lot as outsider meddling, etc?  

      Ok this is nonsense, but could Walker make something of it with the independents?  Despite all his outside money?

      The local pressure (and not Washington) seems to have been helpful this time last year.  Has that changed?

  •  I posted on this around noon (1+ / 0-)
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    and didn't get many eyeballs.  Chris Bowers did, too, and didn't get much attention.

    I don't know what I can do to convince peeps here that this is a BFD!

    And this is just the cash raised.  Tens of millions will be pouring in via Citizens United anonymous donors.  

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 09:59:49 PM PST

    •  Yes, this is a BFD!!!!! Just because we got (1+ / 0-)
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      A million signatures does not mean we won.

      Money will help remind voters when to go to the polls, money will help debunk the right wing hate campaign, money will keep the electorate engaged and energized.

      The battle has just begun an feel like WI voters sense they have a recall win in the bag.  "Blah, blah, money, schmoney, we got a million sigs."  So what, walker is a lying, sleezy, opportunistic, stubborn, GOTPer that have been flying around the country raising money to save his arse.  

      Money buys elections and as much as I have confidence now about the recall outcome, the attitude in the state could be a whole lot different in 4 months.

      The Dems needs to pound on WI job losses RIGHT NOW!

      In 4 months Wisconsin could have a couple of positive job months.  Can anyone else imagine what the GOP would say. "See, walkers policies are working, we just need more time...."
      Come on people this is a huge F-Ing deal!!!!!

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